United States and American History: 1938

About the history of the United States in 1938, Richard Whitney charged with larceny in corporate fraud, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the top grossing movie, the Munich Pact is signed giving Czechoslovakia to Nazi Germany.


--Richard Whitney, former president of the New York Stock Exchange and a partner in J. P. Morgan and Company, was sentenced to Sing Sing Prison for grand larceny.

--The top moneymaking movie of the year was Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Apr. 12 New York became the 1st State in which marriage license applicants were required to take a medical test for syphilis.

July 17 Douglas G. Corrigan, unable to obtain a flight exit to Europe, took off anyway and landed in Dublin, Ireland. He claimed he was heading for California and thereafter was called "Wrong-Way Corrigan." (See: Corigan in Some 9-Day Wonders, Chap. 24.)

Sept. 30 The Munich Pact, which effectively turned over Czechoslovakia to Nazi Germany, was signed by Great Britain, France, Italy, and Germany. Later, a Gallup poll showed that most Americans approved of this act of appeasement.

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